If you have an interest in the role the growing use of mobile communications devices (smart phones, iPads, iPhones, etc.) will play in how personal health information is exchanged in the health care industry, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) is seeking your input. According to a notice published Nov. 1, 2011 (76 Fed. Reg. 67455), comments are due Dec. 31.
As part of the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH Act) of 2009, ONC is proposing to conduct a nationwide communication campaign to meet the Congressional mandate to educate the public about privacy and security of electronically exchanged personal health information. To conduct the campaign effectively, ONC requires "formative and process information" about different segments of the public. Among other things, ONC is seeking comments on consumer attitudes and preferences about the use of these devices to exchange health information, including how privacy and security information is presented electronically to consumers.